The Eula Ridge Trail is one of the few trails in the area that gains elevation in a hurry. Most of the trails around Oakridge are heavily used by mountain bikers, which can pose challenges for hikers on popular routes. Eula Ridge's technical profile scares off all but the most hardy mountain bikers, so there is a good chance you will have the place to yourself.
A fire lookout stood atop Hardesty Mountain from 1920 to 1968. Today, tall trees obscure any hint of a view. There is no spectacular reward at the top, just a handful of concrete pillars and debris from the former lookout. Making it to the summit is a reward in and of itself.
As you walk along Eula Ridge, enjoy the damp stillness of the woods. The forest floor is covered in Oregon grape, several varieties of ferns, and bushy rhododendrons. Hike the ridge in late spring to enjoy the blooming rhododendrons as you huff and puff to the top. Early spring is accompanied by newts and songbirds, while summertime sees wildflowers blooming and warmer weather. Since the trailhead is located just off of Highway 58, this trail is accessible year round. Hikers with snowshoes or traction devices can reach the higher elevations even in the middle of winter. Each season brings a different flavor to this spectacular trail.